Monday, January 8, 2007

Propellor head

ThrustPac bills their gas-powered backpack propellor as Economical and Eco-Friendly. "Enjoy freedom from the auto or truck and its high cost of operation and confinement. Achieve over 150 miles per gallon on a standard mountain bike without pedaling. And no registration, license or insurance required! At less than one ounce of gas per mile, ThrustPac™ is definitely a GREEN machine. You will have the satisfaction of doing more than your part to reduce emissions while traveling!"

They apparently claim you can get up to 80 mph on a bicycle with the Thrustpac. The device is controlled by a special glove which allows the rider to accelerate or slow down simply by flexing their index finger.

Cycledog asks the questions: Do bicycle tires even have speed ratings? And why is it that I keep hearing George Jetson yelling, "Jane! Stop this crazy thing!" Indeed, what could possibly go wrong?


  1. That has Warren T and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Bike Ride written all over it.

  2. I think I am going to stick to pedaling for now. Maybe when I stop being afraid of how fast I am going ,,,

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  4. My question is; if the throttle is controlled by flexing your index finger, what happens when you grab the brakes in a panic stop?

  5. Are we hooked on speed or what? Being fuelish or foolish, what's the dif? Probably top end is realized when you raise your middle finger to full throttle as you past that Porsche!